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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for AT&T hands on

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Rounding out Samsung and AT&T’s holiday portfolio is the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the follow up to the tablet that started a war, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. There really isn’t anything new or exciting here—we first reviewed the 10.1 2 back in May and found that it was a fine follow up to the original, though since then we’ve been introduced to the more unique and more powerful Galaxy Note 10.1. We would have liked to see a more up-to-date tablet taking advantage of AT&T’s superfast LTE network, but to be fair, the 2 10.1 is nothing to sneeze at.

Again, (notice a trend?), pricing and availability is still forthcoming, but in the meantime you can read our full review here.  Some AT&T branded shots follow.

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3 years ago

First look at AT&T's take at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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New York seems to be the first stop for the US-bound Galaxy Note 2—we caught the first stateside glimpse last month at Pepcom’s Holiday Spectacular, and tonight we’re meeting AT&T version of the hotly anticipated device. Aside from AT&T’s logo and LTE connectivity, we’re dealing with the same exact device that our own Alex Dobie so eloquently reviewed just today. So dive right in to see what he liked and didn’t, and while we await final word on pricing and availability on Ma Bell, catch some shots of AT&T’s model after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera for AT&T hands-on

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AT&T had more than a few tricks up its sleeve at tonight’s holiday preview event, one of them being the unveiling of the Galaxy Camera, the Android-powered point-and-shoot camera we first met back at IFA in Berlin this year. It’ll be heading to the carrier’s shelves in time for the holiday season, though we currently don’t know when or for how much.

A quick refresher -- the Galaxy Camera is a full blown, honest-to-goodness camera packed with a 16 MP lens and 20X optical zoom, that just happens to have a 4.8-inch Jelly Bean-powered interface attached to its rear, fuelled by a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos CPU. The screen is gorgeous, the performance is fast, and this is by far the most unique Android device we've seen yet. Be sure to check out the in-depth hands on video after the break, where we spend some quality time with the AT&T-branded model. The Samsung Galaxy Camera is due to arrive on AT&T's network in time for the holidays.

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3 years ago

First look at AT&T's Sony Xperia TL

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Not to be outshone by HTC and Samsung, Sony was on hand at tonight's AT&T holiday unveliling with a flagship of its own, the Xperia TL. It'll be on AT&T shelves in time for the holidays, and Sony is playing to win. On-board we've got a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (more than likely a Snapdragon S4 of sorts), a full gig of RAM, and Ice Cream Sandwich, with Jelly Bean "coming soon." Essentially, it's an Xperia T with AT&T LTE support.

The TL isn't quite as thin and light as some of its competitors, but what it lacks in sleekness it makes up for with a beautiful display -- this 4.6-inch Sony HD Reality Display packs a 720 x 1280 resolution, powered by Sony's Bravia Engine. It's a stunner, and lands itself in the upper echelon of smartphone displays. Colors are crisp and remarkably natural, with impresive brightness and remarkable viewing angles.

The TL flies, thanks to the Snapdragon S4 under the hood, and the 13 MP camera has some great editing features that Sony hopes will stand out among the crowd. We'll put it through its paces once we get a big closer to release date -- for now, enjoy some photos and video after the break. Stay tuned for more coverage of the TL's international cousin, the Xperia T.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Express hands on

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AT&T has set up shop high above New York’s Lower East Side tonight with its upcoming holiday lineup, including the just-announced Galaxy Express from Samsung. It’s an entry-level device that still manages to pack a punch, and AT&T says that the Express is an ideal choice for first-time smartphone owners. If the carrier keeps the price point low, it might just be onto a winner.

The Express packs a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display, larger than what we’re used to seeing on “budget” devices, with a modest 480 x 800 resolution. Its quality is noticeably lower than the rest of Samsung’s portfolio, yet it manages to impress, with the same bold "pop" and high-contrast colors we've come to expect from AMOLED. Sacrifices must be made, and this one isn't as drastic as we feared.

Underneath the hood you’ve got a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (AT&T hasn’t given specifics, but we’ll venture to guess we’re dealing with a Snapdragon S4 here), 1GB of RAM, and Touchwiz-skinned Ice Cream Sandwich. The Express’s performance is impressive, and not just in terms of budget devices -- everything here is snappy, smooth, and confident, a testament to the processor and a byproduct of the lower-res screen. The 2,000 mAh battery should be able to handle a solid day of usage, based on what we’ve seen from similarly-equipped Galaxy devices.

The Express feels great in the hand and lacks a certain bulk and girth that often accompany lower-end devices. It’s light and trim and retains the refinement and eye-catching style present on the GS3. In fact, calling it a mini-GS3 wouldn’t be too far off. If you simply can’t stomach forking over $200 for a shiny flagship device, the Express could be a viable alternative. We’ll keep our ears to the ground for pricing and release dates—for now, check out some hands-on after the break.

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3 years ago

First look at AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro

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AT&T and Samsung are in store for a fairly busy holiday season, and Ma Bell is here in New York showing off what the two companies have put together this year. With the Note 2 on the top end and the Galaxy Express bringing up the rear, we’ve got the Galaxy Rugby Pro sitting pretty in between, offering some budget-friendly specs along with ruggedized features aimed at those who use their phone more as a tool than a fashion piece.

The Rugby Pro is the follow up to the Rugby Smart, and bumps up its specs just enough to keep it relevant. We’ve got a 4-inch Super AMOLED display at 480 x 800 that looks considerably better than the larger, less dense Galaxy Express. It’s definitely clear though that Samsung didn’t put its best foot forward with either of these displays, opting for more a more affordable, less gush-worthy experience.

Other than Android 4.0, LTE connectivity, and its 5-megapixel camera, internal specs are few and far between here, with AT&T opting to tout the Rugby Pro’s muscle rather than its brain. The Rugby Pro is waterproof, shock resistant, and dust proof, and can be submersed in one meter of water for up to a half hour. The Pro also supports EAS corporate email and push-to-talk functionality.

Its main competitor is the Motorola Defy Pro, another ruggedized smartphone, and I’ll give the Rugby Pro the one-up in this head-to-head, mostly due to its TouchWiz interface. While it’s not nearly as fluid or smooth as the rest of Samsung’s lineup, familiar aspects are here, and we’ve grown quite fond of Samsung’s UI as of late. The Rugby Pro also has ICS, compared to the Defy Pro’s Gingerbread, and it’s ligther and a bit more stylish that Moto’s offering.

If you’re looking for the hottest and sexiest phone out there, run far far away from the Rugby Pro, as its aesthetic qualities are severely lacking. But if you’re the type to abuse your phone and you’re not in the position to replace $600 phones every couple of months (who is?), this is definitely worth a look. And look away, at the photos and hands-on video after the break.

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3 years ago

SlingPlayer for Android updated, higher video quality for ICS+ phones

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Hey SlingBox users, good news! Your SlingPlayer app was recently updated. While the changes aren't breathtaking, they are very welcome, as are most updates.

If you're using SlingPlayer on your phone you'll be greeted with an updated look to the app and a new program guide.  However the biggest update comes if your device is running  ICS or Jelly Bean, as you'll be happy to see higher quality video with this update. Nexus 7 users have received an optimized interface with the new update and a common update for both is the ability to set reminders for upcoming shows.

source: Google Play - SlingPlayer for Phones & Tablets

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3 years ago

Samsung Kies for Windows and Mac receives some polish with latest update

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Although it's not our most favorite desktop software to use, Samsung Kies does come in handy at times. It's been a while since Samsung updated the desktop syncing solution but now Samsung has shown some love to both Windows and Mac users as the latest update has now been released.

A change log for this release seems to be absent but a quick look at the updated app reveals that Samsung has put some time in to improve the UI a little and make it more visually appealing. For Mac users, you'll find this latest release also works with Mountain Lion correctly.

Whether you use the app daily or just want to have installed just in case, you'll find the links below.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Series of Google Apps updated in Google Play, some changelogs M.I.A.

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During the last 24 hours Google has pushed out a series of updates to their Android applications. While some are simply for bug fixes, some -- as is becoming a little too frequent -- have no sign of a "whats new" changelog. Frustrating. 

We'll hit the ones we do know about first. Up on the bug fix front we've got updates to Google Play Movies and Google Street View. Google Play Music is also included, this time described as receiving "minor fixes." 

Google Gesture Search also received an update. Its changelog reads a little like this:

  • Now available on Android tablets such as Nexus 7.
  • Faster search performance for large user data set.
  • Support for searching multilingual contents using romanization, including Simplified Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
  • The action for contacts is now customizable, e.g., changing calling to messaging.
  • Contacts without phone numbers now became searchable.
  • More UI improvements.

Also getting updated with a couple of new features is Google's own shopping focused app, Shopper. There's nothing earth shattering on board, but we do get a couple of additions: 

  • Filter weekly sales at featured local stores by category so you can focus on your favorite deals
  • Browse visually similar products when searching for apparel
  • Improved performance and stability

Then, on the less helpful front we have both Google Drive and Google Wallet. Both still seem to reflect previous updates to each app, which probably means there isn't a lot new. But, it would be nice to know all the same. 

If you're seeing anything new in either of these two be sure to hit us up in the comments below and share. 

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3 years ago

HTC One VX hands on

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Perhaps the star of tonight’s AT&T Holiday preview here in New York is the One VX, the out-of-left-field entry from HTC that sits somewhere between the One V and T-Mobile’s One S. Like Phil said upon its unveiling a few days ago, this is a device in and of itself, and really brings the best of both worlds to AT&T’s LTE network. 

Spec wise, we’re following the new trend of high-end internals at low entry-level prices. The 4.5-inch Super LCD2 display is the same qHD resolution as the One S but the ever-so-slight bump in size makes a world of difference. It looks great too, and while it isn’t the mind-blowing 720p display on the One X+, it produces vivid color, excellent viewing angles, and admirable brightness. You won’t be disappointed here.

The Snapdragon S4 MSM 8390 is just a few clicks below the One S in terms of clock speed, but based on my short time with it tonight, it gets the job done. The One VX chugs along with nary a hiccup or stutter, and seems to be able to handle just about anything you throw at it. No, this isn’t the biggest and baddest processor/RAM combo you’ll find, but that doesn’t mean the VX doesn’t offer exceptional usability. The same can be said for the camera—its 5 megapixels are lower than the 8 on the One X and One S, but thanks to its ImageSense processor and advanced optics, we’re expecting exceptional photographs.

Physically, the VX really hits a sweet spot in terms of screen size and portability. It’s absolutely stunning, as we’ve come to expect from the One series. Slim and light, the VX looks quite similar to the One S with its rounded corners, super-slim profile, metal trim, and matte silver/white finish. It’s also the perfect balance between big and small- despite the 4.5-inch display, the VX is perfectly pocketable.

I do have some small gripes, like HTC’s decision to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich while the rest of the One line is queued up for its Jelly Bean upgrade. And don’t get me started on the name—HTC ruined a great thing with this choice, and completely screws up its super-clean One branding. Why not the V+? Or even the S-?

I’m on pins and needles to see what kind of pricetag AT&T slaps on the VX, as I think this phone has the potential to be huge at the right price point. Until we get a chance to put it through its paces, sit back, relax, and enjoy some hands-on after the break.

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3 years ago

First look at the HTC One X+ for AT&T

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Perhaps the most anticipated arrival on AT&T this holiday season is the follow up to the HTC One X, one of the best Android smartphones on the carrier (and any carrier, for that matter). The HTC One X+ is a modest yet attractive step up, complete with a beefed-up processor, a bigger battery, the next iteration of HTC’s Sense, and the buttery-smooth Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. What we’re seeing tonight here in New York is identical to the international version our resident Brit Alex Dobie got his hands on just two days ago,  save for AT&T LTE radios and branding. 

I’ve got to echo Alex’s sentiments—the screen is absolutely phenomenal, even if it isn’t any improvement over the already stunning HTC One X. Performance does indeed seem a bit snappier and more fluid with the over-clocked processor and new iteration of Android, and the camera is as impressive as ever. And physically, just like the original One X, the One X+ is one of the most striking, svelte, attractive devices available today.

I see where HTC is coming from with this release—with LG’s Optimus G and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 on the horizon, it needs to stay relevant enough to compete. I do wonder why HTC didn’t opt for 2 GB of RAM as its competitors have recently adopted. Despite the choice, the One X + is a nice stopgap between the original and HTC’s follow up, which will more than likely arrive early next year.

Some hands-on shots can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

20 new levels coming to "Where's My Perry?"

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Disney's follow up game to the very popular "Where's My Water?" app on Android (and iOS), "Where's My Perry?", is picking up 20 new levels today. Similar to its predecessor, "Where's My Perry?" directs players to use different gadgets -- in this case lasers -- to break through different obstacles and get to the spy at the end of the level. With this update, players now have 20 more levels to get through.

Coming from Disney, the animation and story line are top notch, and now you have 20 new reasons to give it a look. It's available for free at the Google Play Store link above, and you can buy the full version for $0.99.

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3 years ago

Sprint may be considering counter offer for MetroPCS

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Following yesterday's news that T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS would be officially commencing a reverse takeover (where the smaller company takes over the larger), we're hearing today that the deal may be getting even more interesting. Sprint, which had plans to buy MetroPCS previously, may be considering offering a higher amount for the company than what is currently agreed upon between T-Mobile and MetroPCS.

If you'll recall back to Sprint's first attempt to buy out MetroPCS for $8 billion, CEO Dan Hesse was reportedly hours away from closing the deal when it was overturned by the board of directors. Now that the threat of a combined T-Mobile / MetroPCS is all too real, Sprint may be more motivated to keep these two apart this time around.

Source: BusinessWeek

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3 years ago

AT&T to carry the Samsung Galaxy Camera, give it HSPA+ love

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Ever think to yourself "Boy, I sure wish this Android-powered camera had access to AT&T's network?" Well, your prayers have been answered, as AT&T will carry the Samsung Galaxy Camera, and will give it access to its HSPA+ "4G" network.

The Galaxy Camera, as you'll recall from our coverage of it last month at the IFA conference in Berlin (see our hands-on), is Samsung's first entry into the Android-powered camera market. It's got a 16-megapixel sensor with backside illumination, a 21x optical zoom lens (f/2.8 and 23mm) -- all powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 1 GHz quad-core processor.

The AT&T connectivity isn't that much of a surprise here -- the frequencies have been been in the Galaxy Camera specs since its announcement.

Price and availability for the camera were not announced. (Shocking, we know.) Neither was data pricing announced, though we'd expect it to fall within AT&T's shared data plans. We have, however, confirmed that the camera's Wifi remains intact, so there's that.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Acer outlines Jelly Bean upgrade plans, older tablets being left out in the cold

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If you're an owner of one of Acer's range of Android tablets, you'll no doubts be wondering if and when you'll ever see some Jelly Bean action. Well, Acer has come forth with the details, so wonder no longer. While it's good news for some, inevitably it will herald bad news for others. Here's the long and short of it though. 

The latest tablets are all in the 'yes' column. The new, 7-inch, A110 actually launches with Jelly Bean, but the larger A210 and A510 will both see an update to Android 4.1. They weren't offering any timeline for said updates, but still good news. The A700 Jelly Bean rollout reportedly started rolling out this past week. 

Then, to the bad news. The older generation of Acer tablets won't be seeing a Jelly Bean update. So, that's the A100, A200 and A500 reaching the end of their Android upgrading lives. There's always the community to turn to though, and we're sure there will be unofficial methods of getting Jelly Bean onto those devices. 

Source: Computerworld

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